Friday, November 2, 2012

Wow, it is already November.  The leaves are just about off the trees, and it has been chilly in North Carolina.  This week marked the end of the first term which means we are 1/3 of the way through our school year already.

Cupcake is working on learning her vowels.  She's made it through the rest of the alphabet, and is making progress.  She continues to practice counting by two's and added counting by ten's this week.  I introduced her to another favorite storybook character, Milly Molly Mandy.   She learned a bit about migration, seasons, directions, and weather while I read the picture book, The Little Island each day this week.  To accompany the book, we completed her first lapbook.  A lapbook is a folder with little cut and paste notes and booklets glued to the inside.

Muffy and S- have been busy practicing for the Christmas recital as well as the next orchestra performance which will be in December.   The piano and violins are not sitting idle much lately.  They have time for a bit of fun too.  S- is still reading Oliver Twist and sometimes baking, while Miss Muffin has several books going and is learning to cross-stitch.

Our big boy is turning 15 tomorrow.  Can you believe that?  He is looking forward to birthday chocolate pies tomorrow instead of the traditional birthday cake.  He says he has been working on his annual Christmas poem, but he hasn't let me read it yet.  His nose is often in a book, especially ones relating to the middle ages.

Matt had the opportunity to preach at our church three times this past week.  He preached about Israel demanding a king.  I guess I'm a bit biased, but feel he did a very good job.  He was quite diligent with studying and preparing in the wee hours of the morning and in the evenings.

I don't have pictures of the kids work as I'd hoped too, and haven't been too good about pictures in general, but decided to give an update anyway.  Here are some pictures taken the day of the orchestra concert in October.   I'll try to get pictures of all the children next time.   -Tiffany